Haven’t finished adding all parts of the Ephesians study. Will add 5 more parts tomorrow hopefully. Take a look. I think you’ll like it. It’s a more practical study than the End of Days and may be more applicable to some of my readers. Let me know what you think and enjoy.
Finally figured out how to set this page up for your convenience with the help of a friend and sister in the Lord. It is free for your use and if you want to use it for a bible study group, just email me and let me know. Hope you enjoy. It’s a great study but a little deep. I will be posting other studies soon on the Bible Study Page in Ephesians and I John. Would love your feedback!
So I was at our local Sheriff’s Office yesterday getting my concealed weapons license and while I was waiting for the processing of my application, i was taken back somewhat by the stark, sterile sense of environment. Everything was brown, with one-way mirrors and buttons you push to talk to someone through a speaker. Policemen and women exit and enter, and the heavy security doors shut hard, echoing down a stairwell nearby. There are no plants, no warmth, and no laughter.
Various people enter and exit. The lady waiting to be bonded. The boyfriend, speaking into the intercom about when he can pick up his girlfriend for bond. The young man attempting to get his arrest record for impersonating an officer and having his car impounded for evidence (yeah, I wondered) and his girlfriend, quiet and soft spoken and obviously encouraging him that it’ll be okay.
What struck me as odd was the emptiness of it. It definitely resounds…confinement, boundaries and the only words on every door…Authorized Personnel Only.
It made me think, “the Father has surely opened and closed many doors for me and others.” Some of the doors are figurative, like the door to choice. Unfortunately, we don’t always choose good.
The door of the Ark before the flood was closed by God to save a few in a world of bad choices.
Yeshua says, I am the door, if any man enter in, he shall be saved. He says He stands at the door and knocks and if any man hears His voice and opens the door, He will come in to him, eat with him and the man will eat with Yeshua.
Hebrews 4:15-16: For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
The above passage stresses the attitude with which those who have chosen Him can enter in…With Confidence, knowing you will receive mercy and grace when you need it. The other verses speak of a man entering in, but he must first hear and by hearing, I believe follow the One who opened the door for him.
What an amazing opportunity! God asks us to come to Him, Yeshua knocks at the door, hoping we will open it. An offer of life. He says ANY man who enters shall be saved. Not just authorized personnel. The door is open if we will walk through it. How many times in our lives do doors open and we walk through without thinking of where we’re going.
I assume in the above scripture that if we’re knocking on a door, we know where it leads to just as those who exited and entered the doors within this jail, knew what was behind the door. There is usually not mercy or grace behind those doors. This place is a place where justice is dealt out routinely.
But there is still a door you must open, and behind it is the One who is Justice, Mercy, Compassion and Love. It’s not too late. Open the door to your heart and believe that life is greater than where you are right now and someone is offering it to you so come in confidently knowing another has given you authorization, has paid your bond and waits for you.
Open the Door
“Beloved,” she whispered, as the moon began its arch in the night sky. “Are you there?, Can you see me?” I still feel you here with me. I sprayed the pillow with your cologne and for a moment, I remembered and I got lost in the joy you created in me.
“Papa, find me and take me to the arms of one who loved me like no other”. “I miss him, I miss his soul, his words, his heart like the desert misses rain.” She muffles the cries so no one will hear.
This journey has been so long and so full of pain and loneliness. And yet, even as I say it, I know One took the journey long ago and still walks that lonely path today. We look as ordinary as He did and so they pass us by. No one has ears to hear the screaming inside, “Please, find me”. “Love me like He does.” I look day and night and see only fleeting glimpses of a love I can no longer embrace and it leaves not only my arms but my heart so very empty.
You knew, didn’t you? The pain of loneliness and that it was and is,..not good. So you made, mankind. And, you also, were robbed by an enemy you knew. Dreams, hopes, desires…shattered. You found a way to restore and resurrect love again but endured the agony of knowing that light would again be extinguished. How long those days must have seemed. How long the ones I walk thru also seem.
I know joy will return one morning, but grief is there every morning I do not see his face, feel his touch or hear his voice. Perhaps, his prayer is the same as mine…”find me”!
So I seek Your Face as I once did long ago and look for special gifts of love in your Word. I try to remember the joy I first felt when I met you and when you brought us together. I know there is an ember still desiring to burn in my spirit but it feels so dark. So as I curl up in this bed and pray for sleep to overtake me so that my mind can rest from its constant remembering, Receive my soul that I may break the barriers of time that hold me here. Let me see my beloved and feel his kiss, look into his eyes one more time, and then help me to run this race until it is finished.
And then, let me enter the arms of the one who proved to me that one can be a vessel of such beauty and love that it can fill the empty, dark, pain-filled places of my past and truly bring beauty from the ashes. Precious brother and beloved, come find your bride. I wait only for you and you alone.
I will live because of the life you gave me here. I will go where He calls and I will look for you everyday upon the mountain when the sun rises and when it sets and in my dreams, I will love you as you always loved me, wholeheartedly.
You taught me beloved the meaning of love by laying down your life and being so eager to fill me and express the words of love from our Father to me. You became the vessel that enabled me to hear all the love Yeshua desired to speak into me. I promised I would never leave you and so I shall fulfill that promise. And on the day you rise up first, come find me, beloved and call out my Name and I shall be one with you forever as we were promised. I will go our Father does, looking for the one lost sheep who is broken, afraid, and hurting and cradle them in His love and rejoice that He brought us together and if only once, one ordinary man loved one ordinary woman with an extraordinary love from above and it was and is and will be….VERY GOOD! xoxoxo